Producer / Director / Writer – GB Hajim
“Let me tell you about one of the most brilliant and humanistic filmmakers I have ever encountered. His name is GB Hajim. When I first met and started to see the work of director, co-‐writer, co-‐ producer GB Hajim just a couple months ago, I was impressed and intrigued by his artistry and visionary work. Working with GB reminds me of the time I worked with Joel and Ethan Coen on their first film Blood Simple, or when I met Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro and saw their first movies.” – Jeff Dowd, The Dude aka The Big Lebowski
Although GB Hajim’s first love is animation and first and foremost, he is a visual artist, GB has also proven his story-‐telling expertise by creating award-‐winning programming. For the past twenty years, he has been directing, shooting and editing Hawaiian language dramas, animations and educational programs for the Hawaiian language immersion program. His formal film school training at the University of California to earn his B.A. and at California State University to earn his M.A., combined with his hands-‐on experience helping develop the first ALIAS 3D animation system at the San Diego Supercomputing Center, give GB the expertise to independently deliver quality, award-‐winning programming for a fraction of the normal cost. He directed and produced the first Hawaiian language spot for national television via ITVS and delivered the first feature film in an indigenous language of the Americas, Ka‘ililauokekoa, which won the Hawaii Filmmakers Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival. As co-‐producer and editor, GB delivered the full-‐length television program, Volcanoes: Fountains of Fire.
This show was picked up by the Discovery Networks and is being internationally distributed. On the educational documentary, Pacific Passages, GB used his background in Oceanic art to direct and edit this widely distributed video about Pacific island cultures, which won the Golden Apple, the highest award for educational media in the United States. His lastest indie feature, Strange Frame, attracted an all-‐star cast from Tim Curry to George Takei, Academy Award winner Gary Rizzo for sound, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd for music and many others. It won Best Feature Film at DragonCon and has screened around the world. Currently, it is in distribution and is rated among the top 150 sci-‐fi movies ever made.
GB presently splits his time between teaching filmmaking and animation, writing screenplays, and running HawaiiCon. The pinnacle of genre conventions brings the largest group of celebrities and content creators ever to be brought to the Big Island. HawaiiCon’s media program features film and TV discussions, panels, and sneak peaks from both indie and major studios.
Reviews of Strange Frame
Winner: Best Feature Film, Dragon*Con 2012 Winner: Best Animated Feature, Big Island Film Festival 2013
“In the current climate of parody, pastiche, re-‐hashing, re-‐booting and recycling of films, it is so refreshing to see a film as unique, original and enjoyable as Strange Frame…a rare film: inspiration by other forms is noticeable, but it is not merely repetition or homage. It is a dreamscape, one that does not shy aware from the ugly, yet celebrates the beautiful.” -‐ Shelagh M. Rowan-‐Legg, Twitch Film
“probably one of the most visually riveting movies released in recent years. The energy and beauty of the animation, and the strength of its vocal performers (particularly Curry, who is the definitive voice actor for flamboyant evil) keep this story of love up among the stars.” -‐ Adam Mohrbacher, FilmMonthly
“It’s thrilling, sexy, entertaining due to it’s massive amount of music and visual stimulation, but more importantly, a story that has a deep meaning and a refreshing plotline. This film has cult classic written all over it.” -‐ AJ Garcia, Shakefire
“Some films are instant cult classics the minute they appear. G.B.Hajim’s STRANGE FRAME is one such film.” – Heather Massey, The Galaxy Express
“Not since WIZARDS have I enjoyed a rock musical with animation this much. Speaking of animation the characters are exquisite…The smooth flow of this cutting edge film is more than sci-‐fi animation – it is an experience not to be missed.” – Jeri Jacquin, Movie Maven
“an electrifying trip for the eyeballs, fully embracing a visual style that, at most, very few films share.” -‐ Tyler Foster , DVDTalk
“What the fuck? No really. What the fuck? I must have said that at least twenty times while watching this crazy, visual trip of a film…I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen and will be tuning in again for repeat viewings.” – Mike Gencarelli, MediaMikes
“If youʻre a sci-‐fi fan this a must see…like a vintage issue of Heavy Metal come to life and given depth. The graphics alone could make Strange Frame a head-‐turner, but then add to it a legendary sci-‐fi voice cast…it’s own beast, and well worth a look if you get a chance.” – Brett Cullum, DVD Verdict
“One could call Strange Frame the best animated motion comic, except that it is not a comic…the combination of the hand-‐painted, computer assisted animation and CGI results in a very unique look. This will draw in a lot of people, even if they are not drawn in by the story. Personally, I was fascinated with both.” – C.S. Strowbridge, The Numbers
“If ever you wondered what a truly unhinged mash-‐up of the dominant production styles of Heavy Metal, Barbarella and Blade Runner would look like, here’s your chance.” – Danielle Riendeau, AfterEllen
“The awesome does not stop….Wildly Inventive” -‐ Tracy Gilchrist, SheWired “The animation is very much like something out of a dream.” -‐ Alexander Bustos, Comic Attack
“ the visuals are what made this movie. Think 1960’s acid trip meets dreamlike anime film and add in a futuristic space setting. At the start of the movie, you feel overwhelmed by how much is going on at once. Then, once you realize Hajim knows exactly what he’s doing with all of these elements, it’s easy to sit back, relax and let the story take the wheel.” -‐Jade Salazar, Tagg Magazine
“the movie goes out of its way for its consumers. It has danceable songs, spaceships, nipples, clever dialogue…it is not only a Blade Runner movie but also an A Star Is Born movie…” -‐ Jason Rohrer, Stage and Cinema